Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. S8+ – What’s the difference

Samsung is expected to announce the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus at the end of March 2017. The phones are expected to go on sale in April. There have been numerous leaks to accompany all the excitement surrounding the announcement of the flagships. This is especially so because of the incident with the company recalling their latest Galaxy Note.

While the iPhone often has two models that have differences, Samsung does not seem to hold the same view this time around. The S8 and the S8 Plus are rumored to be extensively similar.

Hardware and Software

Both models are expected to feature the Exynos 8895 chip or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor depending on the region of use. They are also both expected to have internal memory starting at 64 GB with the option of external storage. When it comes to internal storage, both phones are rumored to have 4, 6 or 8 GB RAM. The S8 and the S8 Plus are also both expected to have Bixby voice assistant and launch on Android Nougat, allowing you to unlock Samsung Galaxy S8‘s full potential.

Display and battery capacity

The display is what largely distinguishes the S8 from the S8 Plus. The latter is bigger, with a rumored 6.2 inch display. The former is expected to have a 5.8 inch display. The width spotted on both phones is similar to their S7 and S7 Plus counterparts at 69.6 and 72.6 mm respectively. Both also retain the metal and glass sandwich design as well as the Quad HD, Super AMOLED. Additionally, both have the IP68 waterproof feature.

One difference is that the S8’s display will be sharper than the S8 Plus as the former has 506 ppi pixel density while the latter has 474 ppi pixel density which is not noticeable to the naked human eye.

When it comes to battery capacity, the S8 Plus has more capacity at 3500mAh in comparison to the S8’s 3000mAh which is important enough to influence people in buying the S8 Plus instead of the S8.


With a 12 MP rear camera and f/1.7 aperture, both the S8 and S8 Plus are similar to their predecessors. The front facing camera for both is expected to be 8 MP with auto-focus and an iris scanning feature.


From the leaks and the rumors that are floating around so far, the S8 Plus is a bigger version of the S8. Other than the difference in display and battery power, there isn’t anything else that stands out.

The S8 and the S8 Plus are largely similar. In fact, the only reason one would opt for the latter is if they want a bigger phone and a larger battery capacity. In previous models the Plus is often curved with the other flagship being flat. Rumor has it that both phones are curved this time around.

One can only hope that the price difference will not be big as there is no good reason why one would pay much more for the S8 Plus only to get a bigger version of the S8.